An Endorsement, The City Sentinel
After the death of the beloved David Dank, the long-term incumbent in this district that sprawls over the north-central heart of Oklahoma City, the GOP lost the seat. This remains a Republican-leaning area, but with notable nuances.
The 2014 primary featured a range of strong candidates competing to replace Dank. The ultimate GOP nominee was hurt, fairly or not, by support for controversial business incentives to which the state government has become seemingly addicted. Intervention is needed to cure that government addiction.
Cyndi Munson, the Democrat who won that race, has been in office only a short time. She is popular, hard-working and serious. So is her Republican opponent.
Munson is “working the doors” of the district with old-fashioned one-on-one campaigning, as she did in her prior runs for the seat. So is her Republican opponent.
Republicans can recover this seat, this year because they put forward their best candidate, Matt Jackson.
Like Munson, Jackson has taken prior stabs at capturing the seat. Unlike Munson, Jackson mirrors the limited government philosophy which the late, great Dank advanced.
In this diverse and unusually-shaped district, there was and is wide spread bipartisan agreement with the Dank philosophy that government incentive programs for private business should be both limited and efficient – actually producing results that benefit the public interest.
Matt Jackson has carried that message into the general election. He is a multi-issue conservative who can be trusted to watch out for the public interest. He has paid his dues many times over for the Republican Party, and should hold the support of party faithful regardless of serious divisions over other races in the past four years.
Matt and his wife Margie have five children – Sarah, Lisa, Greg, Priscilla and Summer. They are public school parents whose view of the world and of public policy fit the district perfectly.
A father and husband, a small businessman, a long-time Boy Scout leader and a lifelong resident of District 85, Matt Jackson is the best choice in this race.
In a year where high voter turnout is anticipated, Democrats benefit in some districts, while Republicans benefit in others. In this particular race, high turnout may actually give an edge to the GOP’s excellent candidate.
To be clear, however, in House District 85, regardless of positions on other races or partisan registration, voters in both parties are encouraged to support Jackson.
The City Sentinel endorses Matt Jackson.